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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

The world's most popular pirate torrent site KickAss Torrents is serving scareware advertising, helping dodgy call centre operators con users into handing over remote access to their machines. KickAss Torrents gained the top spot among movie, TV, and software pirates after the temporary scuppering of the Pirate Bay, which …
Darren Pauli, 28 Sep 2015

'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

Crooks are using the NSA's notorious global web surveillance scandal in new ransomware: punters visiting booby-trapped websites are falsely accused of downloading illegal material, told their PCs are now locked from use, and ordered to hand over a cash "fine" to unlock their computers. Cloud security firm Zscaler has spotted …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
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Child abuse ransomware tweaked to tout bogus antivirus saviours

Cybercrooks have found another application for ransomware, the horrible software that locks up a PC until money is handed over: it's now being used to push fake antivirus onto victims. Reveton - a widespread piece of ransomware that infects machines, falsely accuses marks of downloading images of child abuse and demands a fine …
John Leyden, 8 Aug 2013

Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

It's the moment malware writers worldwide have been waiting ages for: millions of royal-watchers at home and at work will be in front of their computers, hunting for the first pictures of the soon-to-be-born third heir to the throne. The Duchess of Cambridge's labour has started, it was confirmed this morning. The baby, …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013
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New fake anti-virus shakes down frightened file-sharers

Security researchers have discovered a strain of fake anti-virus software that tries to intimidate supposed file-sharers into paying for worthless software. torrent_alert_scareware SFX Fake AV, first detected by freebie antivirus scanner firm Malwarebytes, blends the features of scareware with those more associated with …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012
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Hackers booby-trap WordPress site with botnet-weaving Trojan

Malware-flingers are taking advantage of vulnerable WordPress sites as part of an attack ultimately designed to spread an information-stealing botnet agent. Cybercrooks begin the attack by planting malicious scripts on vulnerable sites. Prospective marks are then lured to compromised sites via spammed messages that purport to …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie

US watchdogs plan to refund victims of scareware scams using seized assets from fake anti-virus peddler Innovative Marketing. More than 300,000 consumers, taken in by a scam that warned them they needed to purchase dodgy software to get rid of non-existent security threats, are in line to get a slice of $8 million forfeited by …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Scareware slingers stumped by Google secure search

Last month Google made secure search the default option for logged in users – mostly to improve privacy protection. But there is a beneficial side-effect - it is harder for fraudsters to manipulate the search engine rankings of scam sites. Users signed into Google are now offered the ability to send search queries over secure …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2011
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Don't let Halloween malware haunt your PC

Halloween celebrations on Monday are likely to be haunted by rampant malware infections and an onslaught of internet scams, security watchers warn. Wicked writers of devilish code are likely to take advantage of the festivities to spook surfers with search engine poisoning attacks that point browsers towards websites infected …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Gaddafi death reports likely to spawn multiple scams

Early reports that deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may have died after being injured during the fall of his home town of Sirte are likely to become a theme of cybercrime attacks, if past experience is anything to go by. The execution of Saddam Hussein in 2005 as well as the supposed capture of Osama Bin Laden later the …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2011
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Crooks push fake anti-virus via Skype calls

Scareware pushers have turned to Skype with automated messages to pressure marks into buying worthless 'security' software. The scam is promoted via unsolicited calls on Skype during which a machine-generated message warns potential victims that their computer security is "out-of-date". Victims are invited to visit a website …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2011
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Cybercrooks prey on 9/11 anniversary

Cybercrooks are gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a range of malware traps and hacking attempts both on social networks and the wider internet, net security firm BitDefender warns. The first wave of these attacks comes in the form of the newly established websites offering supposed content such as " …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2011
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Trojan script gets stuck on superglue site

The website of Super Glue became bunged up with a malicious script earlier this week as part of a tricky problem that was only resolved on Wednesday. Prior to their removal of malicious redirection scripts, visitors to the world-famous adhesive maker's site were redirected to a site punting crud, Avast software warned. It …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
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Scareware scammers now phishing for punters

Scareware scammers are targeting credit card users with a new run of spam emails falsely warning recipients that their plastic has been blocked. The fraudulent emails, which resemble those more commonly seen in phishing or banking Trojan attacks, are fairly detailed and attempt to trick prospective marks into opening an …
John Leyden, 2 Aug 2011
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Google sends warnings to machines with infected search

Google is issuing warnings to people whose computers are infected with a type of malware that manipulates search requests. A strain of rogue anti-virus software also includes a search hijacker component. The hijacker is designed to further enrich scammers by redirecting users of compromised machines through various dodgy pay- …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011
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How scareware scumbags avoid getting flagged by banks

A study of cybercrime economics shows that peddlers of rogue antivirus scams rely on legitimate banks to run their businesses, carefully ensuring that the volume of chargebacks they incur stay just on the right side of being flagged-up as obviously fraudulent. Researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara …
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2011
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Feds crack multi-million scareware ring

The Department of Justice and the FBI have cracked an international scareware ring believed to have scammed over $72m (£45m). Operation Trident Tribunal seized more than 40 computers and servers and arrested two people in Latvia. 22 computers were seized in the US along with 25 machines in France, Germany, Latvia, Lithunia, …
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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Google: Our rapid load won't give you anything nasty

Google has downplayed concerns that refinements to its search technology could leave surfers more exposed to search engine manipulation attacks. Google Inside Search aims to speed up web searches by pre-loading content from remote sites. The so-called Instant Pages technology only works with Google Chrome. Miscreants often …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2011

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